A clash seemed unavoidable when twelve Chinese surveillance and fishing administration ships and seven Japanese patrol ships were in the waters within and around the areas over which China and Japan each claims its sovereignty.
That was a situation much more serious than the nationwide anti-Japan mass protests in China yesterday, in which there was no repetition of previous vandalism and violence.
According to Hong Kong’s Ming Pao and Singtao Daily, China’s Xinhua, China News Service and CNA, and Japan’s Kyodo News, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, NHK, and Yomiuri Shimbun, many Chinese official vessels, fishing boats and sea surveillance aircraft confronted 7 large Japanese patrol vessels and 3 Japanese aircraft in the disputed sea areas.
Each side told the other to leave but neither side obeyed. However, we seem to have no reasons to worry as Japan seems to have no intention to drive Chinese vessels away, but…
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